King Jeet wrote:
> This update has been bothering me for MONTHS possibly ONE WHOLE
> YEAR! Everyday in the bottom right hand corner of the screen I get
> a message "updates are ready for your computer to be installed." I
> click install and every single time I try to install it says the
> following updates couldn't be installed:
> Security Update for Windows XP (KB946648). I've even tried manually
> downloading the update file from the microsoft website and then
> update the pc but it says that a file is missing. HOW do I update
> this file...? It's driving me insane.
Done any research on your on in attempting to resolve it?
Do you actually have Windows Messenger 4.7 installed?
(Add or Remove Programs control panel --> Add/Remove Windows Components -->
Scroll down to "Windows Messenger" --> Is it checked? If so - uncheck it ,
let it do its thing - come back and check it again and let it do its thing.
If not, check it and let it do its thing.)
The web page for this update...
MS08-050: Description of the update for Windows Messenger 4.7 for Windows
XP: August 12, 2008
For home users, no-charge support is available by calling 1-866-PCSAFETY in
the United States and Canada or by contacting your local Microsoft
subsidiary. For more information about how to contact your local Microsoft
subsidiary for support issues with security updates, visit the Microsoft
International Support Web site:
North American customers can also obtain instant access to unlimited
no-charge e-mail support or to unlimited individual chat support by visiting
the following Microsoft Web site:
My suggestion, if you want to do some cleanup and such before calling
anyone, is simple - although long. In most cases it resolves the issues you
might have with Windows Updates in Windows XP (which although you did not
state you have, your problem revolves around that OS) and if it does not -
it certainly can clean up and speed up your system and by-pass a lot of
Fix your file/registry permissions...
Ignore the title and follow the sub-section under "Advanced Troubleshooting"
titled, "Method 1: Reset the registry and the file permissions"
*will take time
(** Ignore the last step - you should have SP3 installed - but don't do it
during the cleanup.)
Reboot and ...
After installing, do the following:
Start button --> RUN --> type in:
"%ProgramFiles%\Windows Installer Clean Up\msizap.exe" g!
--> Click OK.
(The quotation marks and percentage signs and spacing should be exact.)
Download, install, run, update and perform a full scan (separately) with the
following two applications (freeware versions are the ones to use for this):
After performing a full scan with one and then the other and removing
whatever they both find completely, you may uninstall these products,
if you wish.
Download and run the MSRT manually:
Download/Install the latest Windows Installer (for your OS):
( Windows XP 32-bit : WindowsXP-KB942288-v3-x86.exe )
Download the latest version of the Windows Update agent from here (x86):
.... and save it to the root of your C:\ drive. After saving it to the root
of the C:\ drive, do the following:
Close all Internet Explorer windows and other applications.
Start button --> RUN and type in:
--> Click OK.
(If asked, select "Run.) --> Click on NEXT --> Select "I agree" and click on
NEXT --> When it finishes installing, click on "Finish"...
Then follow the instructions here:
How do I reset Windows Update components?
How to scan your disks for errors
* will take time and a reboot
How to Defragment your hard drives
* will take time
Ensure your hardware drivers are up to date (from the hardware
manufacturer's respective web pages.) Never get hardware drivers
for hardware that was not created/sold by Microsoft from Microsoft.
Log on as an user with administrative rights and open Internet Explorer
and visit http://windowsupdate.microsoft.com/
and select to do a
Every time you are about to click on something while at these web pages -
first press and hold down the CTRL key while you click on it. You can
release the CTRL key after clicking each time.
Once the scan is done, select just _ONE_ of the high priority updates
(deselect any others) and install it.
If it did work - try the web page again - selecting no more than 3-5 at a
time. Rebooting as needed.
The Optional Software updates are generally safe - although I recommend
against the "Windows Search" one and any of the "Office Live" ones or
"Windows Live" ones for now. I would completely avoid the
Optional Hardware updates. Also - I do not see any urgent need to install
Internet Explorer 8 at this time.
Seriously - do all that. This is like antibiotics - don't skip a single
step, don't quit because you think things will be okay now - go through
until the end, until you have done everything given in the order given. If
you have a problem with a step come ask and let someone here get you
through that step. If you don't understand how to do a step, come back and
ask here about that step and let someone walk you through it.
Then - when done - let everyone here know if it worked for you - or if you
have more issues.
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